Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread #2
Philippa Willitts // 9 August 2010
Each week there are things which we would love to blog about, but which pass us by. So, here is a weekly round-up of things we wanted to share. If there are things you want to add, consider this an open thread to add items of interest or chat with other feminists.
- A lack of specialist medics is hampering rape conviction rates
- In the US, a Long Island man kills an infant boy for acting like a girl
- Back to the UK, a man described as ‘respectable’ by a judge is given only an 18 month sentence for killing his wife
- Red Chidgey has launched a new blog, Feminist Memory; and Musings is a new feminist blog by Natasha Roxanne.
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission has backed a legal challenge to the Budget on the failure to do a gender audit
- The Girl Guides have called for airbrushed photos to be labelled. The twitter hashtag for the discussion is #gukforrealimages
- Theresa May, the Minister allegedly for Women and Equality, has scrapped plans to ban violent partners from homes
- The chick lit label of death
- Dawn Foster has created a blog cataloguing the insults and comments shouted at her while riding her bike, all placed on a map to create the London Wankermap, at 101 Wankers
- Crochet. For science!
- Bidisha on feminist activism giving her a renewed sense of optimism
- Proposition 8 overturned, restoring same sex marriage in California
- In May, Helen posted about the Bring Back the Pansy Project facebook page, and The Pansy Project Group has finally been restored.
- The 10-year checkup on the U. N. Millennium Development Goals is coming up in September. Ahead of that meeting, civil society groups are editing an outcome document with an eye to ending the segregated treatment of women’s rights
- An overview of the same-sex marriage debate in image form
- A call for action following transphobic language use in the press
- Influence is bliss: the Gender Divide of Influence on Twitter – speaking of which, don’t forget to follow us on twitter @thefworduk too!
- Selling Sex and Symphonies: the image of women in classical music
- Sarah Jaffe at Tiger Beatdown on feminism and the erasure of desire
- From The New Inquiry, Intimacy as Text; Twitter as Tongue
- Laurie Penny reports on going undercover at a Young Conservatives event
- There is new evidence of high street chains using sweatshops
- The Telegraph delights in telling feminists that an LSE study shows that men work harder than women
- And finally, The Well-Rounded Mama details a study which shows that when healthcare practitioners are put on the diets that they tell their patients to go on, they finally began to understand why they are not so easy to stick to, and their own fat phobia was significantly changed as a result.
So, what else did we miss?